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USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships: Running away with it

Johnson is latest local to win USA Outdoor championship

Posted: June 27, 2010 9:10 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Canyon High graduate and Team Nike’s Alysia Johnson wins the women’s 800-meter run at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Canyon High graduate and Team Nike member Alysia Johnson won the women’s 800 in 1 minute, 59.87 seconds at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday, the latest local product to make her mark at the event.

On Saturday, fellow Canyon graduate Lauren Fleshman won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:28.70, while Santa Clarita Valley resident Allyson Felix won the 100 in 11.27 seconds on Friday though opted not to compete in the 200 final on Sunday.
In other action, Wallace Spearmon finished in a wind-aided 19.77 seconds Sunday to edge Walter Dix in the men’s 200.

Spearmon knows that his 200 title might be viewed skeptically because Tyson Gay and Shawn Crawford weren’t in the field.
That doesn’t bother Spearmon, though.

“We’re missing Tyson ... and (Crawford) too, and that guy, he’s an animal. Both of those guys are great competitors,” Spearmon said. “You’re going to hear ‘He wouldn’t have won if Tyson was there. He wouldn’t have won if Shawn was there.’ So I mean, hey. Take it. If they’d have been here I would had to race them and you never know what happens.”

Consuella Moore, who recently returned to the track after an extended absence, was the surprise winner in the women’s 200. She won in 22.40, edging out Shalonda Solomon.

David Oliver upset David Payne in the 110 hurdles, breezing to the victory in a world-leading 12.93. Payne, the silver medalist in the Olympics two years ago, finished fourth.

Jenn Suhr, the silver medalist in Beijing, won the women’s pole vault at 16 feet, ½ inch, the best jump in the world this year. Dwight Phillips, a three-time world outdoor champion, took the long jump in 27-5½, good for second-best in the world in 2010.

Shot putter Christian Cantwell won his second straight outdoor title with a heave of 71 feet, ½ inch, while Nick Symmonds took his third straight American title in the 800 in 1:45.98.

Ti’erra Brown won the women’s 400 hurdles by nearly a second, while Lopez Lomong beat Leonel Manzano by less than 0.1 seconds in the men’s 1,500.

Becky Breisch took the women’s discus at 207-10. Stephanie Brown-Trafton, who won gold in Beijing, never cracked 60 meters and finished third at 196-9.

National indoor champion Jesse Williams won his second career outdoor title with a leap of 7-5.


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